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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $38,468,865Details
International Box Office $68,710,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $107,178,865
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Valerian and Laureline are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner—blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him. Under directive from their Commander, Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time—uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 2,001-2,100) 2,060 $38,468,865
All Time International Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,159 $68,710,000
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,336 $107,178,865

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Production Budget:$180,000,000
Domestic Releases: July 21st, 2017 (Wide) by STX Entertainment
International Releases: July 20th, 2017 (Wide), released as Валериан и градът на хилядите планети (Bulgaria)
July 21st, 2017 (Wide), released as Valerian a město tisíce planet (Czech Republic)
July 21st, 2017 (Wide) (Germany)
July 21st, 2017 (Wide) (Slovakia)
July 27th, 2017 (Wide), released as Valerian ve Bin Gezegen İmparatorluğu (Turkey)
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MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language.
(Rating bulletin 2475 (Cert #50830), 5/10/2017)
Running Time: 129 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Jupiter Ascending
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Keywords: Outer Space, Space Opera, Romance, Alien Encounters, Robot, Unrequited Love
Source:Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: EuropaCorp, Fundamental Films, BNP Paribas Film Fund, River Road Entertainment, Belga Films, Valerian S.A.S., TF1 Film Productions, OCS., Orange Studio, Universum Film, Novo Pictures
Production Countries: France


   Major Valerian
   Sergeant Laureline
Clive Owen    Commander Arün Filitt
Rihanna    Bubble
Ethan Hawke    Jolly the Pimp
Kris Wu    Sergeant Neza
John Goodman    Igon Siruss
Herbie Hancock    Defence Minister
Sam Spruell    General Okto Bar
Alain Chabat    Bob the Pirate
Rutger Hauer    President of the World State Federation
Peter Hudson    Captain Crowford
Xavier Giannoli    Captain Norton
Louis Leterrier    Captain Welcoming Mercurys
Eric Rochant    Captain Welcoming Palm Muret
Benoit Jacquot    Captain Welcoming Arysum
Olivier Megaton    Captain Welcoming KCO2
Gerard Krawczyk    Captain Welcoming Martapurais
Pierre Cachia    Kortan Dahuk
David Saada    Kortan Dahuk
Hippolyte Burkhart-Uhlen    Kortan Dahuk
Florian Guichard    Mercury
Stéphane Mir    Mercury
Thierry Barthe    Mercury
Pier Ewudu    Palm Muret
Andrew Tisba    Palm Muret
Yannick Lorte    Palm Muret
Charly Akakpo    Arysum-Kormn
Clément Beauruelle    Arysum-Kormn
Audrey Kamp    Arysum-Kormn
Anthony Hornez    Martapurais
Julien Bleitrach    Martapurais
Maxime Babara Toure    Martapurais
Sasha Luss    Princess Liho-Minaa/Creature Candy Dress
Aymeline Valade    Emperor Haban-Limai
Elizabeth Debicki    Emperor Haban-Limai
Pauline Hoarau    Empress Aloi/Creature Swing Angel
Barbara Scaff    Empress Aloi
Marilhea Peillard    Tsuuri
Lee Delong    Tsuuri/Tourist
Diva Cam    Maatri
Judith Brunett    Maatri
Marie Barrouillet    Tsuuri Child
Cindy Bruna    Guard
Sija Titko    Guard
Daphnée Kbidi    Tortured Pearl
Nick Marzock    Tortured Pearl
Ola Rapace    Major Gibson
Stefan Konarske    Captain Zito
Mahamadou Coulibaly    Major Gibson’s Soldier/Igon Junior
Julien Marlin    Major Gibson’s Soldier
Yvan Lucker    Major Gibson’s Soldier
Tom Hygreck    Major Gibson’s Soldier
Gavin Drea    Sergeant Cooper
Abel Jafry    Bus Driver
Laurent Ferraro    Igon Siruss/Doghan-Daguis
John Goodman    Igon Siruss
Jean-Robert Lombard    Igon Sirus Guard
Leonid Glushchenko    Igon Sirus Guard
Peter Eberst    Igon Sirus Guard
Akim Chir    Igon Sirus Guard
Aurélien Gaya    Igon Sirus Guard
Jean-Francois Lenogue    Igon Sirus Guard
Lamine Ba    Igon Sirus Guard
Eric Lampaert    Guide Thaziit
Paul Lefevre    Siirt Guard/Siirt Salesman
Patrick Cottet Moine    Siirt Cop
Guillaume Maison    Siirt Salesman
Jean-Christophe Brizard    Siirt Salesman
Irene Palco    Female Tourist
Sam Douglas    Male Tourist
Tonio Descanvelle    DA/Doghan-Daguis
Mathieu Kassovitz    Hawker
Velvet D’Amour    Tourist
James Flynn    Guide #2
Doug Rand    Doghan-Daguis
Grant Moninger    Doghan-Daguis
Robbie Rist    Doghan-Daguis
Christopher Swindel    Doghan-Daguis
Emilie Goldblum    Bubble Dancer
Claire Tran    Bubble/Glamopod/Control Room Sergeant
Anders Heinrichsen    Police Officer
Alain Etoundi    Club Bouncer
Fayet Nsumoto    Club Bouncer
Kristina Kachinskaya    Creature Twin
Veronika Khayla    Creature Twin
Sissi Duparc    Creature Louis XVI
Noam Frost    Creature Bird Woman
Sand Van Roy    Creature Jessica Rabbit
Pauline Serreau    Creature Tattoo
Tristan Robin    Roper
Philippe Rigot    Hero Merchant
Alexandre Willaume    Captain Kris
Reginal Kudiwu    Major Samk
Etienne Menard    Red Zone Captain
Peter LaMarque    Warship Captain
Maximilien Seweryn    K-Tron Captain
Zouheir Zerhouni    K-Tron Warrior
Tristan Zerbib    K-Tron Warrior
Jonas Bloquet    K-Tron Warrior/Control Room Soldier
Elliot Jenicot    Interrogation Room Captain
Staiv Gentis    Control Room Soldier
Chloe Hollings    Alex-Intruder
Aguendia Fotabong    Boulan Bathor Emperor
Tania Dessources    Boulan Bathor Emperor’s Wife
Gaëtan Cotigny    Fisherman
François Bredon    Fisherman
Cedric Chevalme    Bubble/Boulan-Bathor/Valerian

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Pierre Christin
Screenwriter    Jean Claude Mezieres
Screenwriter    Luc Besson
Story based on ‘Valerian and Laureline’ by    Pierre Christin
Story based on ‘Valerian and Laureline’ by    Jean Claude Mezieres
Producer    Virginie Besson-Silla
Production Designer    Hugues Tissander
Composer    Alexandre Desplat
Director of Photography    Thierry Arbogast
Costume Designer    Olivier Beriot
Visual Effects Producer    Sophie Leclerc
Editor    Julien Rey
First Assistant Director    Stephane Gluck
Second Assistant Director    Emmanuelle Fourault
Second Assistant Director    Abbi Yardley
Script Supervisor    Marie Gennesseaux
Casting Director    Nathalie Cheron
Stunt Supervisor    Laurent Demianoff
Make up    Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen
Hairstylist    Guilaine Tortereau
Art Director    Gilles Boillot
Art Director    Thierry Zemmour
Art Director    Stephane Robuchon
Art Director    Christian Vallat
Art Director    Etienne Rohde
Set Decorator    Evelyne Tissandier
Special Effects Supervisor    Philippe Hubin
Special Effects Coordinator    Jean-Christophe Magnaud
Visual Effects Production Supervisor    Adam lagattuta
Visual Effects Supervisor    Martin Hill
Animation Supervisor    Eric Reynolds
Animation Supervisor    Paul Story
Visual Effects Producer    Ben Pickering
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor    Joe Letteri
Visual Effects Supervisor    Ken McGaugh
Visual Effects Supervisor    Wayne Taz Stables
Visual Effects Supervisor    R. Christopher White
Executive Producer    David Conley
Production Manager    Christopher Egden

Weekend Wrap-Up: Dunkirk Does in the Competition with $26.61 million

August 1st, 2017


Summer is coming to a close, as the two new releases, The Emoji Movie and Atomic Blonde had okay openings over the weekend. Dunkirk was able to earn first place with $26.61 million, which is great news for that movie, but bad news for the overall box office, as it is the worst result for a number one film since April. Overall, the box office fell 20% from last week to $144 million. This is 24% lower than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2017 is now behind 2016 by 1.7% or $120 million at $6.70 billion to $6.82 billion. More...

Thursday Night Previews: Atomic Nukes the Competition with $1.52 million

July 28th, 2017

Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde easily topped The Emoji Movie during previews, earning $1.52 million. However, had the action flick not topped the family film, it would have been a disaster. Compared to other recent action films, Atomic Blonde underperformed Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets ($1.7 million) and Baby Driver ($2.1 million), but at least it topped King Arthur: Legend of the Sword ($1.15 million). This summer, the average action film has opened with just over 10 times what it made during its previews, which is bad news for Atomic Blonde, as it puts the film’s opening weekend at $15 million to $16 million. Its reviews are good, but not great enough to really change this trend. Even $20 million would be a boon after this start. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Dunkirk has Stellar $50.51 million Opening

July 25th, 2017

Girls Trip

Both Dunkirk and Girls Trip topped expectations earning $50.51 million and $31.20 million respectively. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets didn’t do as well, but it should do well internationally. Overall, the weekend box office rose 11% from last weekend earning $181 million. On the downside, this was 7.8% lower than the same weekend last year and 2017 had already lost its lead over 2016, so this is really bad news. Year-to-date, 2017 is now behind 2016 by $31 million / 0.5% at $6.46 billion to $6.49 billion. Things really need to turn around soon, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Hopefully the fall will be much better. More...

Weekend Estimates: Dunkirk, Girls Trip Post Impressive Debuts

July 23rd, 2017


Dunkirk will easily top the chart at the box office this weekend, with a $50.5 million opening weekend from 3,720 theaters that’s broadly in line with expectations, and also remarkably similar to the first weekend for Interstellar, which opened with $47.5 million from 3,561 theaters back in 2014. It seems that the film has reached the Christopher Nolan fan base, but not extended much beyond that. Remarkably, Pearl Harbor remains the record holder for biggest opening weekend for a World War II movie, with the $59 million it earned back in 2001 (equivalent to roughly $93 million with today’s ticket prices). More...

Friday Estimates: Dunkirk Dunks on the Competition with $19.8 million

July 22nd, 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Dunkirk dominated the Friday box office chart. Okay, maybe dominate is too strong a word, but more on that down below. The film earned a better than anticipated opening day of $19.8 million. Additionally, its reviews are award-worthy, while it earned an A minus from CinemaScore. Frankly, given its reviews, I’m surprised it only got an A minus. With its $5.5 million in previews, I was expecting an opening day a little north of $20 million, so hopefully this isn’t a sign of short legs. Look for an opening weekend of $55 million. On a side note, the reason we are not using Dunkirk images is we only got two of them and we’ve already used them both, twice. I tried to find the French site to see if they had more images (This is what I did for Kong: Skull Island.) but I ended up on the Dunkirk tourist site by accident and now all of the ads I see on YouTube are in French. More...

Thursday Night Previews: Dunkirk and Girls Trip Make Promising Starts

July 21st, 2017

Girls Trip

I was expecting Dunkirk to make about $4 million during previews and it made $5.5 million. Since its reviews are award-worthy and the film is aimed at a more mature target audience, it should have better legs than most similar films. Perhaps $60 million is more likely than I thought. More...

Weekend Predictions: Take a Trip with Valerian and Laureline to Dunkirk

July 20th, 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

So far this summer, box office is running about $200 million behind last year’s pace. The numbers have fallen so far that, year to date, 2017 is now behind 2016’s box office pace. This is even more depressing as last weekend, five of the top six films earned Tomatometer Scores that were over 90% positive. This week, we are continuing the amazing run with critics as two of the three wide releases are earning 90% positive reviews or better, but it doesn’t look like we will be able to improve our box office woes. This weekend last year, Star Trek Beyond opened with nearly $60 million and four other films earned more than $20 million. This weekend, Dunkirk will open in first place and it might top Star Trek Beyond, but that seems unlikely. Even getting to $50 million could be asking too much. Girls Trip should have a box office run somewhere between Rough Night and Bad Moms. ... Yes, I know that’s a lot of wiggle room, but there’s a lot of uncertainty here. Finally there’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which cost $180 million to make but is earning almost no buzz here. (It should do a lot better internationally.) We would have to have all three new releases beat expectations and have solid holdovers for 2017 to come out ahead in the year-over-year comparison. More...

Contest: Stick Together

July 13th, 2017


Next weekend, there are three wide releases. Originally, I thought Dunkirk would walk away with the weekend, but I’ve heard rumblings that the film isn’t going to live up to expectations, either at the box office or with critics. It is still likely going to be the biggest new release of the week, but Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets at least has a shot at the upset. Dunkirk is still the best choice for the target film in this week’s box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening three-day weekend box office number for Dunkirk.

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film’s opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a Frankenprise consisting of their choice of either one TV on DVD release, two movies, or a kids package (could be a theatrical release, a couple of single-disc TV on DVD releases, or a full season TV on DVD release). Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film’s opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a Frankenprize, as described above. Finally, we will be choosing an entrant from the group of people who haven’t won, or haven’t won recently, and they will win the final Frankenprize, as described above.

Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don’t delay! More...

2017 Preview: July

July 1st, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

I hate it when the first of the month lands on a Saturday. By the time this story goes live, we will still have almost no box office data for Despicable Me 3, so we won’t know if June ended on a positive note. Fortunately, Wonder Woman beat expectations and might end up as the biggest hit of the summer, at least for a little while. July begins with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which should make at least $300 million and is the last film being released this summer that has a shot at being a $400 million hit domestically. It is very likely that nothing else this month will come within $100 million of that movie, so that could help its legs. There are a few potential $100 million hits, including War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk, and a couple of other long shots. Last July had a similar feel with The Secret Life of Pets topping the list with well over $300 million, while there were five other $100 million hits. This July would have to beat expectations substantially to match this performance. I’m not confident 2017 will be able to maintain its pace at the box office. I’m worried at least one big film will struggled and 2017 will end the month behind 2016’s pace. More...

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Trailer

March 29th, 2017

Sci-fi adventure starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, written and directed by Luc Besson opens July 21 ... Full Movie Details. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2017/07/21 5 $17,007,624   3,553 $4,787   $17,007,624 3
2017/07/28 8 $6,360,085 -63% 3,553 $1,790   $30,186,232 10
2017/08/04 12 $2,395,377 -62% 1,795 $1,334   $36,137,260 17
2017/08/11 17 $901,323 -62% 785 $1,148   $38,359,317 24

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2017/07/21 3 $6,495,217   3,553 $1,828   $6,495,217 1
2017/07/22 5 $6,006,459 -8% 3,553 $1,691   $12,501,676 2
2017/07/23 5 $4,505,948 -25% 3,553 $1,268   $17,007,624 3
2017/07/24 6 $1,820,364 -60% 3,553 $512   $18,827,988 4
2017/07/25 6 $2,271,692 +25% 3,553 $639   $21,099,680 5
2017/07/26 6 $1,398,902 -38% 3,553 $394   $22,498,582 6
2017/07/27 6 $1,327,565 -5% 3,553 $374   $23,826,147 7
2017/07/28 8 $1,853,621 +40% 3,553 $522   $25,679,768 8
2017/07/29 8 $2,631,088 +42% 3,553 $741   $28,310,856 9
2017/07/30 8 $1,875,376 -29% 3,553 $528   $30,186,232 10
2017/07/31 8 $836,900 -55% 3,553 $236   $31,023,132 11
2017/08/01 8 $1,183,776 +41% 3,553 $333   $32,206,908 12
2017/08/02 8 $834,733 -29% 3,553 $235   $33,041,641 13
2017/08/03 8 $700,242 -16% 3,553 $197   $33,741,883 14
2017/08/04 12 $679,928 -3% 1,795 $379   $34,421,811 15
2017/08/05 12 $984,411 +45% 1,795 $548   $35,406,222 16
2017/08/06 12 $731,038 -26% 1,795 $407   $36,137,260 17
2017/08/07 13 $365,102 -50% 1,795 $203   $36,502,362 18
2017/08/08 12 $444,207 +22% 1,795 $247   $36,946,569 19
2017/08/09 12 $291,336 -34% 1,795 $162   $37,237,905 20
2017/08/10 13 $220,089 -24% 1,795 $123   $37,457,994 21
2017/08/11 - $251,274 +14% 785 $320   $37,709,268 22
2017/08/12 - $395,282 +57% 785 $504   $38,104,550 23
2017/08/13 - $254,767 -36% 785 $325   $38,359,317 24
2017/08/14 - $109,548 -57% 785 $140   $38,468,865 25

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2017/07/21 5 $23,826,147   3,553 $6,706   $23,826,147 7
2017/07/28 8 $9,915,736 -58% 3,553 $2,791   $33,741,883 14
2017/08/04 12 $3,716,111 -63% 1,795 $2,070   $37,457,994 21

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 8/11/2017 $992,240 433 433 433 $995,474 8/14/2017
Bulgaria 7/20/2017 $51,195 0 0 0 $206,708 8/16/2017
Czech Republic 7/21/2017 $169,568 127 127 324 $501,628 8/15/2017
France 7/28/2017 $12,200,000 0 0 0 $12,200,000 8/1/2017
Germany 7/21/2017 $2,900,000 0 0 0 $7,100,000 8/1/2017
Lithuania 7/28/2017 $28,273 133 133 232 $83,552 8/15/2017
Mexico 8/3/2017 $2,049,258 0 0 0 $2,394,067 8/8/2017
Netherlands 7/28/2017 $414,260 173 173 450 $1,240,331 8/15/2017
New Zealand 8/11/2017 $184,771 126 126 126 $195,819 8/14/2017
Portugal 7/28/2017 $209,652 88 88 165 $462,279 8/10/2017
Russia (CIS) 8/11/2017 $5,786,066 1565 1565 1565 $5,786,066 8/16/2017
Slovakia 7/21/2017 $88,766 80 80 151 $214,575 8/15/2017
Turkey 7/27/2017 $196,332 402 402 848 $621,348 8/16/2017
United Kingdom 8/4/2017 $2,427,214 551 551 551 $2,427,214 8/9/2017
Rest of World $34,280,939
International Total$68,710,000 8/16/2017

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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